Sadly, it turned out to be the first of many around the world. We have
had four fatalities in less than two weeks. The strong unstable winds
of fall in the north and spring in the southern hemisphere are only
Two years ago, we lost five guys in November. There are a lot more
kiteboarders today than two years ago. I am afraid that the severe
accidents may continue to occur for a few months more based upon
current indications and past experience.
Most severe accidents appear to be avoidable, in hindsight. Still,
use adequate care should improve the odds for a good session without
painful circumstances. Some ideas along these lines appear at:
If we don't use more care, more sad accidents including many
apparently avoidable ones, are going to occur.
Hung, please feel free to use the FKA content. It is copyrighted as
people have used content in the past, copyrighted it and in effect
barred me from potentially using my own content. So, you have asked,
I have said have at it, so please help yourself.
Thanks for all your great work on the kiteschool list and here!
--- In email@example.com
> Thanks Rick,
> I still remember reading about the first "scary post" about your
> accident 4 years ago on this group.
> Thanks for all the hard work in safety. You are now the legendary
> "kitesurfing safety guru".
> P.S., I am planning to post some of your work on the
> kitesurfingschool.org web site. I assume all your info are "open
> source" ;-)
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "flkitesurfer" <flkitesurfer@h...>
> > Hello Hung,
> > I am sorry that I missed out on the news that you took over moderation
> > of the kitesurf list. Thanks for stepping up to the plate to preserve
> > this great institution. I know it isn't easy to manage something of
> > this size.
> > Anyway, thanks for volunteering to take on this responsibility from
> > Stefano. Thanks to Stefano and all the contributors over the years
> > for building this site up and spreading so much knowledge.
> > Five years ago, I LEARNED to kiteboard by swapping ideas with other
> > participants around the world on this list.
> > Well done and thanks again!
> > Rick Iossi